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New Puppy Parents

New Puppy Care Instructions

Congratulations from Animal Care Hospital and Dr. Guidry on your new addition to your family. New puppy parents mostly have the same concerns regarding caring for your new baby. So we have developed this cheat sheet to get you started.

Establishing a routine is important in caring for you new puppy. The easiest routine to start with is feeding. Any puppy under 12 weeks of age should be fed 3 times daily. How much is based on what your pet can eat in 10-15 minutes. After that time, pick up any remaining food. Picking up the remaining food will help with the second routine which is house training.

After 12 weeks old, your pet can begin following the recommendation on the food bag, and feed your pet that amount split into two meals. We continue this routine until 9 months when we switch to an adult diet.

Brand recommendations are as follows: Royal Canin, Science Diet, ProPlan, Purina One. If your pet will be >50 pounds as an adult, your pet should be on LARGE BREED puppy formula of the above brands.

House training... Oh boy, this is a biggy! Being consistent is the name of the game. We also need to take advantage of natural instincts to help in establishing this routine. Young Puppies will not and do not like to sleep in an area that is soiled. So confine your pet to a crate that is large enough for an adult version of your pet. Allow your pet to sleep in the crate for the first several weeks. your pet can hold its pee for 1 hour longer than the age in months he or she is. For example... 2 months and 2 weeks old can hold urine for 3 hours. So your pet needs to go out for potty breaks every whatever hours as calculated to PEE. Dogs typically will defecate 10-30 minutes after we pick up the bowl of dog food.

As your pet is getting the hang of potty training, we can give him/her more room to roam in the house.

Chew Toys/ Treats... Rule of thumb for chew toys is to buy rubber toys. If you can make a mark with your thumb nail, it's good to chew. Get some thinner chew toys as well to exercise the back teeth. Stay away from raw hides and anything made in China. Jerky type treats are not good. Treats that are not oily and come in a box are much better than oily treats that come in a bag. Raw hides are a choking hazard.

Stay away from oral heartworm preventative as we are experiencing heartworm resistance to these products. Advantage Multi and ProHeart 6 are the only heartworm preventatives that are working properly.

Bathing your pet is fun! We recommend to try and bath your pet less than once weekly. Less frequent is better. Use a shampoo that is "Soap Free". It's like using baby shampoo on human babies.

Good luck! Take lots of pictures of your pet. They grow up fast. We look forward to your next visit!

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